Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Plantation Sampler etc

Well after a bit of waffling, and since my promise to myself to start a Brenda Keyes sampler as the next project can't happen -- don't have the necessary fibers yet (and didn't have the necessary chart in one case) -- I ended up starting something that seems pretty popular at the moment in the blogosphere, the Plantation Sampler. I got my inspiration from Tanya at the Scarlet House. If you click on that link you'll see her finished and framed piece. Anyway, here's my start.




I was going to follow Tanya's lead and use the 45ct vintage Maritime White and the mix of NPI and DMC just like her. But then I decided that I would use the same fibers but a different fabric.



I really like the darker fabric in the original picture on the chart. So I'm using a 40ct limited edition Lakeside fabric from Shakespeare's Peddler called Reindeer.



You can't tell from the picture, but the color of the fabric is sort of similar to the picture on the chart.



In other stitching news, Yuko has two giveaways on her blog. Go check it out. And Melissa has a giveaway on her blog as well. Again, go check it out and enter!

Had to put in another bass carrying picture. This time it's the boy child carrying his bass (the one we've rented for him at school) after the school's spring concert. He's on stage here.



The girl child is all settled in Spain, hopefully happily. She's been taking tons of pictures, and putting them on Facebook. I supposed this is the time for me to succumb to Facebook, but I'd rather let the Father type show me the pictures. :D We won't see her again in person till the end of June. But thanks to Skype, we'll see her on the computer screen whenever she deigns to talk to us. Which probably won't be too often.

The big tennis news, of course, is Nadal's loss in the 4th round of the French Open. Huge! Just to give you an idea of why it's huge, up till this loss, he'd never lost at the French Open. Never. 31 matches worth of never. The last time he lost a SET was when he lost a set to Federer in the 2007 final. In other words, he won the French Open last year without dropping a set. Wow. And now he's lost in the 4th round. Unbelievable! Now I can hope for Federer to come through. The optimist says go! The pessimist says he won't make it. Sigh. We'll see!!! Sorry if you don't care about tennis.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

32 comments:

karenv said...

We're keeping our fingers crossed for Andy Murray over here! ;) First time he's reached the 2nd week, never mind the quarters - woo!

I love your new start - you always choose projects with such lovely colours. The Reindeer is a great choice of fabric - I'm planning on using this for Of Female Arts. It's a useful colour!

Cari said...

Beautiful sampler start Margaret. Your needles are always smokin' girl. Love the pic of the boy child and so happy your girl child is settled in Spain. Have a great week of tennis and stitching!! Hugs

Jan said...

Awesome beginnings here in Margaret's world...I just love Plantation Sampler, it has such a lovely border, of which you have a great start!!

I love that fabric choice, it looks great with the colors!!

Jan said...

Oh and good to hear the girl child is getting settled, I think that is so wonderful!

woolwoman said...

Reindeer is such a lovely linen and great choice for this sampler. I used to watch all the big tennis events - I was a big Agassi fan - it was agonizing to watch him lose and I have never watched tennis again. I guess I'm just an Agassi fan not a true tennis fan. Have fun with your new conquest! Mel PS are you going to do Mary Wigham?

Vonna said...

A beautiful new start and lovely fabric you've chosen! Your needle and fingers must fly over the canvas you get things accomplished so quickly!

Deb said...

Aw Margaret, why did you have to go start this one? I get so enabled by all your finishes. I was enabled with Tanya's and now yours! Dang, it's been in my stash pile forever and I know that it's just going to rear it's ugly head someday.

Love your start though and I'll have to look into the conversions for this. I think that part of the reason I never stitched it was because I didn't like some of the colors and was too lazy to change. But, as always, you're going to be done in no time. And I look forward to when you get to one of the Brenda Keyes samplers. I love those, so I'll be really looking forward to your WIPS. BTW, I like your fabric choice for this too.

Love to Stitch said...

I LOVE Plantation Sampler!! You are right, we are all buzzing about it, and The Scarlet House made it all possible!! I ordered my chart (and now have..) when I saw hers done, and cant wait to start mine too!! Great color the Reindeer from Lakeside! I would love to use the same colors too...I wonder how I can do that? Keep up the EXCELLENT job!!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Your PS start is gorgeous, Margaret! Love the pic of your son with the Bass! I think we should start a pool to see how quickly you get this one done! My guess for a completion date is June 17 at 0945.

D said...

I took the bass-carrying picture! :)

-- th' DH

Cathy Lloyd said...

hahaha...your DH has a sense of humor!

Really now Margaret...I can't believe what a fast stitcher you are. Are you sure that stitching fairies don't stitch while you are sleeping? Your start is STUNNING!

My guess for it's completion is June 21 at 7:45 p.m. Father's Day for the DH!

valerie said...

Lovely start to Plantation Sampler! Love the color of those flowers.

Cindy F. said...

What a beautiful start on Plantation!!
Great pic of ds and happy to hear dd is doing well in Spain!

Brigitte said...

Beautiful start on Plantation Sampler. I love this sampler very much but can't stitch it right now because there are so many other samplers kitted up and waiting to be stitched.

Colleen said...

Love this sampler and Tanya's is beautiful. I have it on my "to do" list :) I like the darker fabric, too.

Alma Allen said...

Love the fabric! I haven't heard of Reindeer. Will have to check with the gals from Lakeside. The border on this sampler is stunning.

Happy stitching dear friend.

anniebeez said...

Your start on Plantation sampler looks great! I have this one in my stash too, but who knows when I'll ever get around to it.I'm sure by the next time I check in you will be done! LOL! I totally envy your speedy needles!

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret,
Another beautiful sampler. I saw this one on Tanyas Blog also while she was doing it and that that it was absolutely beautiful. Its another one that you can't get out here.
Your start is absolutely lovely. I love the flowers in the border.
I am glad that the girl child has settled into Spain. I am sure that she will enjoy her stay there. It is such an interesting country.
Still raining here and my flu has come back. Feel worse this time. Anyway hope that you are well and you seem to be enjoying the tennis. - Sandra.

Tanya said...

I love your start on Plantation Sampler and your fabric choice.
I hadn't heard of Reindeer either but now I will check it out. I love seeing pictures of your family & hearing about them.

S said...

LOL, after seeing the plantation sampler in blogland I ordered one too. Yours looks great!!!!!

Melissa said...

Plantation Sampler is looking lovely. I have used Reindeer and love it! Looking forward to seeing more progress!

The Scarlett House said...

Well missy, isn't your needle just smokin lately? You are getting some serious stitching done and I say, Good For You! I can't believe how much you have finished already. Do you sleep? It's looking awfully nice. I'm pleased that you are using my conversion, no matter how you use the salmons, lol!!
I was surprised to see that it was you that bought my newest set. I hope you'll like it.

Sherry said...

Oh I love your new start! I am not brave enough to work on this one yet! You picked a great fabric choice. I am wanting to try something other than Aida again. Maybe I will order some linen and give it a try this month.

gio162 said...

Wow, great new start! And I'm a great fan of 40ct, so thumbs up to you!

Siobhan said...

Like Karen said, you always choose projects with great colors in them, and this is no exception. Lovely progress, Margaret!!

Michelle said...

Beautiful new start! I love it on the darker fabric. Reindeer is a perfect choice!

Karoline said...

Beautiful start Margaret

Annemarie said...

Oh, that is a fabulous start! I'm not keen on borders, but this is a real beauty.

Nicole said...

Beautiful progress Margaret! I really want to start this one soon!

Karen said...

I love the sampler you have in your header.

Littlebit said...

What a beautiful design, and I love your choice of fabric.

Isabelle said...

Hi Margaret, your new Plantation Sampler progress is very nice !!
I also start on this beautiful design this evening : hum !!! I can't wait to see how it will turn out ...
Hope you a great week-end,
Isabelle